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The development of inquiry-based kits to supplement elementary science instruction.

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dc.contributor.author Diesenberg, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-16T17:46:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-16T17:46:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/58320
dc.description.abstract "Science has been left off the national agenda for too long, and now we are paying the price", said the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association on the results of the 2009 national science exam (Banchero, 2011, p.1). Results showed that only one third of US students had a solid grasp of science. The National Science Education Standards have encouraged teachers to use inquiry-based learning because it allows students to immerse themselves in science and gain content knowledge. As a response to low science scores and stretched budgets, NY teachers use inquiry-based learning designed for them by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). BOCES prepares and distributes hands-on science kits for grades K-6, making inquiry-based learning an option for all elementary students. BOCES provides schools districts with inquiry kits, however doesn't provide instruction for every topic covered over the course of the year. The purpose of this curriculum project was to create five science kits modeled after the Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES kits to enhance the current fourth grade curriculum at Pine Valley Central School District. Each kit is aligned to the science curriculum and includes: eight lesson plans aligned to the New York State standards, eight reflective assessments, three formal assessments, vocabulary lists, materials list and images/graphs. The new kits resemble the current kits and were created to supplement the curriculum, addressing the following five topics: energy from plants, systems of the human body, heat, sound and light, and simple machines. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Inquiry-based learning. en_US
dc.subject Teaching -- Aids and devices. en_US
dc.subject Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs. en_US
dc.subject Effective teaching. en_US
dc.subject National Science Teachers Association. en_US
dc.subject Erie 2 BOCES. en_US
dc.title The development of inquiry-based kits to supplement elementary science instruction. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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